Albatross in the spotlight; Tyler at the helm

A Pacific Albatross keeps watch over a newborn chick. - Courtesy of US Fish & Wildlife
A Pacific Albatross keeps watch over a newborn chick.
— image credit: Courtesy of US Fish & Wildlife

The Whale Museum’s Research Lecture Series continues Wednesday, Aug. 22, with Breck Tyler of the UC Santa Cruz and visiting professor at the UW Friday Harbor Labs, at 7 p.m, at The Whale Museum.

Drawing on 35 years of research into the ecology and conservation of Pacific Ocean seabirds and marine mammals, Tyler oversees programs to monitor various populations of seabirds and marine mammals, and to reduce harm to such populations in the event of an oil spill. He studies nesting albatrosses at Midway Atoll each winter, and the albatross will be featured in Wednesday’s lecture, entitled “Ocean Wanderers: Ecology and Conservation of Pacific Albatrosses”.

Breck is also a visiting professor at Friday Harbor Labs, where he teaches a course on the biology of marine birds and mammals, as well as a research apprenticeship focusing on marine birds and mammals in San Juan Channel.

Wednesday’s lecture is free; donations are accepted. For more information, 378-4710 ext. 23, or,



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